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There are 8 ways to get from Santiago de Compostela to Madrid by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train  •  4h 46m

  1. Take the train from Santiago De Compostela to Madrid-Chamartin Alv

€46 - €57

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  6h 37m

  1. Take the rideshare from Santiago de Compostela to Madrid 599.6 km

€24 - €40

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Bus  •  8h 10m

  1. Take the bus from Santiago De Compostela to Madrid Estacion Sur

€50 - €70

Bus via Ourense  •  9h 38m

  1. Take the bus from Santiago de Compostela - Train Staion to Ourense
  2. Take the bus from Ourense to Madrid Auto Res

€43 - €60

Drive  •  5h 45m

  1. Drive from Santiago de Compostela to Madrid 600 km

€55 - €85

Fly from Santiago de Compostela  •  3h 25m

  1. Fly from Santiago de Compostela (SCQ) to Madrid (MAD) SCQ - MAD

€78 - €846

Train to A Coruna, fly  •  3h 46m

  1. Take the train from Santiago De Compostela to La Coruna-San Cristobal
  2. Fly from A Coruna (LCG) to Madrid (MAD) LCG - MAD

€44 - €142

Train to Vigo, fly  •  4h 31m

  1. Take the train from Santiago De Compostela to Vigo Urzaiz
  2. Fly from Vigo (VGO) to Madrid (MAD) VGO - MAD

€38 - €142

Santiago de Compostela to Madrid by train

The train journey time between Santiago de Compostela and Madrid is around 6h 26m and covers a distance of around 674 km. The fastest train normally takes 4h 45m. Operated by Renfe Viajeros and Renfe Cercanias, the Santiago de Compostela to Madrid train service departs from Santiago De Compostela and arrives in Sol. Typically 18 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
6h 26m
Fastest train time:
4h 45m
Train distance:
674 km
Trains per week:
18
Cheapest price:
-
Carbon emissions:
35 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
06:32
Last train departs at:
18:51

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Santiago de Compostela to Madrid train schedules

Santiago de Compostela → Madrid
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Santiago de Compostela to Madrid is to rideshare which costs €24 - €40 and takes 6h 37m.

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The quickest way to get from Santiago de Compostela to Madrid is to fly which costs €75 - €850 and takes 3h 25m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Santiago De Compostela and arriving at Madrid Estacion Sur. Services depart four times a day, and operate Monday to Saturday. The journey takes approximately 8h 10m.

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No, there is no direct train from Santiago de Compostela to Madrid. However, there are services departing from Santiago De Compostela and arriving at Sol via Chamartin. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 46m.

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The distance between Santiago de Compostela and Madrid is 487 km. The road distance is 600 km.

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The best way to get from Santiago de Compostela to Madrid without a car is to train which takes 4h 46m and costs €45 - €60.

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It takes approximately 4h 46m to get from Santiago de Compostela to Madrid, including transfers.

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Santiago de Compostela to Madrid bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Santiago De Compostela station.

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Santiago de Compostela to Madrid train services, operated by Renfe Viajeros, depart from Santiago De Compostela station.

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The best way to get from Santiago de Compostela to Madrid is to train which takes 4h 46m and costs €45 - €60. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €50 - €70 and takes 8h 10m, you could also fly, which costs €75 - €850 and takes 3h 25m.

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Map of how to get from Santiago de Compostela to Madrid.
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  • Distance: 486.7 km
  • Duration: 4h 46m

What companies run services between Santiago de Compostela, Spain and Madrid, Spain?

Renfe Viajeros operates a train from Santiago De Compostela to Madrid-Chamartin 3 times a day. Tickets cost €40 - €50 and the journey takes 4h 30m. Alternatively, ALSA operates a bus from Santiago De Compostela to Madrid Estacion Sur 4 times a day. Tickets cost €50 - €70 and the journey takes 8h 10m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Santiago de Compostela to Madrid
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€28 - €150
Flights from A Coruna to Madrid
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€45 - €270
Flights from Vigo to Madrid
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€45 - €210
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from A Coruna to Madrid
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€40 - €180
Flights from Vigo to Madrid
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€35 - €160
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Santiago de Compostela to Madrid
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
€16 - €130
Train operators
Renfe Viajeros

Spain's excellent and extensive rail system connects cities across Spain and into neighbouring countries. Renfe's high-speed AVE trains can reach speeds of up to 350km/h, making travel between major cities very efficient. All medium- and long-distance trains require a seat reservation; ticket sales for these trains usually open 30-60 days before travel. Most Renfe trains have two classes: Turista (2nd class) and Preferente (1st class), although some AVE trains offer Turista Plus. There is free WiFi for Preferente passengers and for those with a +Renfe loyalty card.

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Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Santiago De Compostela to Madrid-Chamartin
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€40 - €50
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Renfe Viajeros
Train from Santiago De Compostela to La Coruna-San Cristobal
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€8 - €11
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Train from Santiago De Compostela to Vigo Urzaiz
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€10 - €13
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Bus operators
ALSA

A Spanish subsidiary of National Express, ALSA provides bus and coach services across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland and Malta. Founded in 1923, ALSA values service and the customer experience. Buses are equipped with communal TV screens showing movies, individual behind-seat screens, ALSA radio, app for books and music, and free WiFi. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. There are three types of tickets on offer (Frequent Traveller Pass, Share Pass and ALSA Pass), along with discounts for senior citizens, students and children.

Contact Details
Phone
+34 902 42 22 42
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Santiago De Compostela to Madrid Estacion Sur
Ave. Duration
8h 10m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€50 - €70
Website
alsa.com
MonBus
Phone
+34 982 29 29 00
Website
monbus.es
Bus from Santiago de Compostela - Train Staion to Ourense
Ave. Duration
1h 48m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€8 - €10
Schedules at
monbus.es
Other operators
BlaBlaCar.es
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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Santiago de Compostela to Madrid
Ave. Duration
6h 37m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€24 - €40
Book at
blablacar.es

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The quickest flight from Santiago de Compostela Airport to Madrid Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 10m.

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Santiago de Compostela to Madrid bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at Madrid Estacion Sur station.

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Santiago de Compostela to Madrid train services, operated by Renfe Viajeros, arrive at Madrid-Chamartin station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Santiago de Compostela to Madrid is 600 km. It takes approximately 5h 45m to drive from Santiago de Compostela to Madrid.

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Ryanair and Iberia offer flights from Santiago de Compostela Airport to Madrid Airport.

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Book your Santiago de Compostela to Madrid bus tickets online with Omio and Busbud.

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There are 1514+ hotels available in Madrid. Prices start at €75 per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Santiago de Compostela and Madrid. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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The best way to get from Santiago de Compostela to Santiago de Compostela Airport is to Private transfer which takes 15 min and costs €55 - €750.

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